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->''"I will have to use stealth instead" said L and jumped in the broken window screaming.''
-->-- ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami''

When a potentially deadly and effective strategy is ruined (or logically should be but comically [[FailedASpotCheck isn't]]) by the conspicuous way it is acted upon. Usually by a [[ScreamingWarrior Battle Cry]], an [[CallingYourAttacks Attack Call]], a PreAsskickingOneLiner or something similar. Needless to say, characters who carry out this trope frequently cross into TooDumbToLive territory, or at the very least aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.

The calling card of HighlyVisibleNinja. Compare SoMuchForStealth, when some small indication blows one's cover, and LeeroyJenkins, when one idiot ruins the careful plans of the rest of the party. Particularly spectacular versions of this trope may involve [[ThereWasADoor bursting through a nearby window or wall]].

{{Trope Namer|s}} is a song from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', which is all about [[ParodiedTrope parodying]] this trope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Countless times in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', when someone wastes a perfectly good spell by shouting something to the effect of "You forgot about me!".
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', this trope preserves Son Goku's status as TheHero. His much weaker best friend Krillin has a signature attack, the Kienzan, that can cut through absolutely anything, including the most powerful enemies...so long as it actually hits them. This should mean that Krillin can take out anybody in the series (well, [[HealingFactor almost anybody]]), with Goku needing to do no more than provide a distraction. The problem is, Krillin feels compelled, even when trying to launch an ambush (the only way he has much chance of hitting the bad guys who are invariably much stronger and faster than him), to [[CallingYourAttacks scream "KIENZAN!" at the top of his lungs]]. Thus, he never accomplishes more than slicing off an alien's tail early in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' hero Monkey D Luffy is the epitome of this trope. Subtle is not in his vocabulary so when his crew suggests something like sneaking around, Luffy's go-to action is "Scream at the top of your lungs and punch the shit out of anyone standing in your way".
** During Ace's cover story, when trying to infiltrate The Marine G2 base, he winds up blowing his cover by punching out a Marine who talked smack about Whitebeard.
** And then there's [[spoiler: Zeo's attempt to sneak up on Brook using camouflage, which fails due to him [[CallingYourAttacks calling his attack]]. Cue Zeo getting rewarded with a nice taste of Brook's sword]].
** Perhaps the earliest example is Luffy and Usopp eavesdropping on Kuro and Jango plotting to kill Kaya. Luffy's first reaction is to jump up into plain sight and yell '''"HEY YOU JERKS, DON'T KILL KAYA!"'''
** A more serious, and frightening, example comes from Laffitte, who somehow infiltrated one of the most heavily defended buildings in the world while wearing tap-dancing shoes. The only reason he was noticed was because he announced his presence, and he had been in a room with a man who has SuperSenses.
* Fate's pretty little skull in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' would have been sporting a nice, big fracture had Nanoha not screamed "Take this!" when attempting to bash Fate's head in from above during their final battle in the first season. [[InTheBack More]] [[RightBehindMe silent]] [[BeamOWar attempts]] by others have been more successful, and Nanoha herself gets better at it once she's not nine years old anymore.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' has a sneak attack from behind by a suit that can turn invisible. And then the pilot not only yells, but more importantly turns off its stealth and (accidentally) jumps onto its target's sword[[note]]this last part only applies to the HD remaster, which [[TheDogShotFirst changed his death from an outright kill to apparently accidental]][[/note]]. Poor [[spoiler:Nicol]] not only dies, but crosses into TooDumbToLive territory with this stunt.
* During the finale of ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', the main characters are discussing how they're going to attack the BigBad's fortress before deciding on a sneak attack. King Dedede, who had not minutes before pulled a HeelFaceTurn, calls up said Big Bad on his cell phone and [[TooDumbToLive smugly announces that they're about to pull a sneak attack and there's nothing he can do about it.]] Cue the baddies.
* Black Star, of ''Manga/SoulEater'', would be the greatest ninja ever known if he could prevent himself from screaming at his potential targets as he approaches and/or proclaiming his awesomeness mid-fight.
** Demonstrated beautifully in his debut which opens with Black Star calmly stating some assassination strategies, immediately followed by him leaping right in front of his targets and shouting "I am here to assassinate you!". His partner Tsubaki's [[{{Facepalm}} reaction]] says it all.
* The protagonists of ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' at one time need to stealthily infiltrate a top secret installation. What course of action do they take? Blast through the ceiling.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', subtle is not in Natsu's vocabulary. When trying to sneak through Edolas, he keeps breaking cover and confronting people [[TooDumbToLive even though his powers don't work]].
* In the dubbed version of ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie'', Agumon and Tentomon enter the website where [[FromNobodyToNightmare Keramon]] is feeding on computer data without him knowing. Agumon then suggests they sneak up on him quietly, only for Tentomon to shout "SUPER SHOCKER!" and fire his attack at the virus digimon, to which Agumon asks "''That's'' quietly?".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Flight 714]]'', Spalding has all the passengers of the hijacked flight at gunpoint except Tintin, who is sneaking up behind him. Carreidas takes notice of this, and calls on Tintin to surprise Spalding and take his gun, causing Spalding to turn around just in time to prevent this from happening.
* In one issue of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' a bad guy loudly announced his intention to attack Frank from behind. Frank, of course, snarked about it and blew his brains out. [[TalkToTheFist At once]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Toward the end of the Snow Goons arc, ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes sneak out of bed and go downstairs, shushing each other to keep quiet. Once they're out in the open, Calvin starts laughing loudly and yelling for the Snow Goons to die, waking his parents.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' has one of the most amusing examples, quoted above, when L goes in to capture Mikami.
* A ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' fic mentioned how mice are loud, and thus Hiei's stealth was more comparable to a fish.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', when Arf tried to sneak past Fate to get at [[TrademarkFavoriteFood the ramen]], which probably would have worked better if she hadn't been humming a song about ramen.
* In ''Fanfic/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoIndex'', Kaori Kanazaki twice fails to sneak attack Shizuri Mugino because she called her Nanasen attack. After the second attempt, Mugino points out that CallingYourAttacks defeats the purpose of a sneak attack.
* From ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeries1KidsEntertainment'':
'''[[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Ooi]]:''' What's he talking about?\\
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteAbridgedHikariPop'', Raye Penber stalks Light while loudly humming the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' theme.
* ''WebVideo/DeathNoteAbridgedDogface701'':
** During the bus hijacking, Light shouts at the top of his lungs: '''''DON'T WORRY I HAVE A PLAN!!!'''''
** Also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Ryuk:
--->'''Ryuk:''' But hey, [[EvilGloating be sure to stand there and gloat while he's dying,]] because surely there are no surveillance cameras [[IdiotBall IN A PUBLIC SUBWAY!]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' makes use of this when Tristan tries to sneak in a suit of armor.
-->'''Tristan:''' This heavy suit of armor is perfect for sneaking around!\\
'''Guard:''' Did I hear something just now? Nah, must've been the wind.\\
'''Guard:''' Yeah, that's definitely the sound that wind makes.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Shrek and Donkey are listening in on Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and King Harold through a window. At one point, Charming says "Oh, thank you mother." This prompts Donkey to blurt out "Mother?!" which promptly gives them away.
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Kronk sneaks out the palace with the unconscious Kuzco in a sack, humming his own dramatic theme music as he goes. At one point he hides against a wall, holding the current note while a couple of peasants wander past. Of course, the fact that the wall is covered with [[{{Mayincatec}} enormous stone figures]] all [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pointing at him]] doesn't help his cause. Surprisingly, not long after recording this, Creator/PatrickWarburton was swarmed by Disney lawyers, ordering him to sign over the rights to this "improvised song".
* Almost happens in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' when Jim and Ben are sneaking by the pirates to steal their dinghy. Surprisingly, no one wakes up.
-->'''Ben:''' SO WHAT'S THE PLAN?
* In ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'', Benny's idea of a costume for an 'ultimate stealth' mission involves dressing as a daisy and strapping a spray can that rattles as he moves to his back.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dpg9Ov5mfs Colonel Hathi's March]] in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. While it's probably just for show the first time, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF9Svk9yNY0 the second time]] their method when searching for Mowgli even gets a {{Lampshade Hanging}} by Shere Khan, who simply sneaks past them.
-->'''Shere Khan:''' Element of surprise? Ho! I say!
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', Lucy's idea of not making a sound is to [[ComicallyMissingThePoint kick down a door screaming]]. Ironically, she earlier chided Gru for his habit of [[CallingYourAttacks shouting]] "FreezeRay!" before firing, which gave her enough warning to counter with a flamethrower. She then defied this trope by announcing her [[ShoePhone lipstick taser]] ''after'' she fired it successfully.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Po's attempt at "stealth mode" is... [[EpicFail less than stellar]]. Then again, what would you expect from a 300-pound Giant Panda voiced by Creator/JackBlack?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheWindInTheWillows1983'', Toad sneaks into Toad Hall while singing. Loudly. It's just as well the weasels are throwing a rowdy party at the time and don't notice a thing.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Used in ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian''. General Custer's quite the LeeroyJenkins and doesn't understand why charging into battle while shouting "ATTACK!" might be counterproductive. His later plan involves a masterful bit of tactical deception... by his standards. In this case shouting '' "DON'T'' ATTACK!" before attacking.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}''--the Enterprise is audibly counting down the time to self-destruct, but the Klingon mooks don't know what it means ([[TranslationConvention they may not even understand English]]).
* In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Obi-Wan Kenobi has to kill General Grievous. He manages to sneak up behind him unnoticed, and of course he cuts his head off, right? Wrong, he says "Hello there," drawing the attention of an army of droids and Grievous himself. In fairness he was [[WeNeedADistraction serving as a distraction]] so that his reinforcements could arrive and he wouldn't have to fight the army by himself.
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', Graverobber is trying to silently rob graves - which would've gone really well if he hadn't belted "And it's my job... to steal and rob... '''GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVES'''!" halfway through his song. HilarityEnsues, possibly CrowningMomentOfFunny, at least because of Shilo's face.
* In ''Film/JudgeDredd'', during the sentencing, the Block Overlord attempts to shoot Dredd when his back is turned only to give away his ambush with his battle cry.
-->'''Block Overlord:''' Let me guess: Life. ''[draws gun]'' Yaaaaahh!!\\
'''Judge Dredd:''' ''[turns around and shoots]'' [[BondOneLiner Death]]. Court's adjourned.
* In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', the thieves manage to get past the various anti-theft devices protecting a priceless jewel...until one of them lets out a gut-busting fart and triggers a noise-alarm.
* In ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'', they decide that the only way to get the Silver Surfer's board back from Dr. Doom is to use The Human Torch's new "powers" to combine all their abilities to allow him to fly, but also be as strong as The Thing, and be invisible so he can sneak up on Doom. It works perfectly and he gets to within 2 feet of Doom. But rather than just knock him out, he has to say "To quote a friend, It's clobbering time." thus blowing the cover and starting a drawn out battle... all while the Earth is about to be destroyed. Great priorities there.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', the Libyans decide they need to turn their lights on just as they are approaching the mall parking lot, allowing Doc to see them coming, but subverted in that even with this it doesn't give Doc enough time to escape. Even stranger, they had their lights on when they passed Marty and Red so they chose to turn their lights off some time in between, but then turned them on at pretty much the exact time when they would have wanted to have them off. Given the unreliability of the van they were driving (failing to restart for several attempts after a stall), it may have had faulty wiring.
* In ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'', there is a scene where Topper Harley is trying to stealthily recover a set of keys from a sleeping guard, and reaches through the window of the shack with a broom handle. He ends up knocking over a pepper shaker, smacking several other objects, jamming the broom in the guard's ear, nose, and ''eye'', then activates a radio loudly playing the Star Spangled banner (and hastily switches it off) and then shoves the handle into a table fan that proceeds to chew up the handle like a circular saw. The guard sleeps through the whole thing, until a mouse comes along and sneezes quietly (because it sniffes [[ChekhovsGun the pepper from the aforementioned pepper shaker]]).
* At the end of ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'', Batman proposes he and Robin leave the top floor office of a skyscraper "inconspicuously... through the window" and they proceed to climb slowly down the side of the mammoth building in broad daylight as the credits roll.
* In ''Film/TheRock'', Stanley tries loudly to convince Mason not to abandon the mission.
-->'''Mason:''' Some sniper's gonna get his ass.
* One of the few funny gags in ''The Christmas Season Massacre'' has the killer attempt to sneak up on someone with a running chainsaw. He somehow manages it... until he steps on a twig.
* In the 1959 version of ''Theatre/TheBat'', the Bat sneaks into the house, [[CutPhoneLines disables the telephones]], and creeps past the sleeping occupants, only to then start chiselling his way through a wall.

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us Benfred Tallhart and his band, the Wild Hares. Put it this way, when investigating possible [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Ironborn]] incursion near an important, if ruined, fort, the usual thing to do would be to deploy scouts and make like poachers on somebody else's property as you get a feel for what you might be up against. But, not [[WhatAnIdiot these guys]]: they openly march along a major road... ''singing''. Loudly. [[RealityEnsues Guess what happens next?]]
* In Creator/MargaretWeis & Tracy Hickman's ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', Hugh the Hand does this ''deliberately'' so that his assassination attempt fails. (It works anyway: taking advantage of the distraction, the person who hired him gets a BackStab in on the mark, inflicting a serious but ultimately non-fatal wound.)
* During a massive battle in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, Osan'gar/Aginor gets the idea to sneak up on Rand and Nynaeve and grab the [[ArtifactOfDoom power-amplifying Choedan Kal access keys]] away from them. Unfortunately, while Osan'gar can hold his own in a one-on-one fight, he is a MadScientist who has never been anywhere near a real battlefield. Predictability (and death by friendly fire) ensues.
-->''...he began to skulk from tree to tree in what he imagined was a stealthy manner. It was toward the key that he skulked.''
* In ''Literature/PathsOfDarkness'' of the [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]] series the legendarily skilled ''assassin'' Entreri arranges an even duel between him and Drizzt in an attempt to finally see which one of them is a better fighter. After he loses, he charges Drizzt from behind, ''shouting'', and only survives because one of his allies protects him. Drizzt later concludes that he was [[SuicideByCop trying to die.]]
* A large number of characters in James Fenimore Cooper's novels announce their presence by stepping on dry twigs. Creator/MarkTwain roundly mocked this, and other features of Cooper's work, in his critical essay ''Literature/FenimoreCoopersLiteraryOffences''.
* A variation appears in ''[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and]] [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Mr. Holmes]]''; when their investigation of Dr. Jekyll takes Holmes and Watson to an Edinburgh brothel to interview the madam, Dr. Watson -- as a respectable gentleman -- is a bit self-conscious and tries to approach the location in as stealthy and unnoticed a fashion as possible. However, his attempt at stealth is so laughably ostentatious that Holmes, amused, tells him he might as well just walk in there normally, since anyone who might recognize Watson would also have to explain his ''own'' presence at the brothel, and Holmes and Watson at least have a legitimate reason to be there.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Ravnica'', Agrus Kos tries to throw a spear into a half-demon's back while it is distracted. Unfortunately, he shouts as he throws it, causing the half-demon to turn around in time to block it.
-->'''Agrus Kos:''' Oops.\\
'''Bell Borca:''' Yeah, next time don't yell first.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Extremely played straight in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents''. WrongGenreSavvy Malicia lives her life trying to apply storybook logic to real life. So in one scene when she's trying to be stealthy, the book describes her thought process of how if you are going to ''be'' stealthy, you ought to make it very obvious how stealthy you're being so anyone who sees you knows you're being stealthy and shouldn't notice you. So she "sneaks" around in cartoonishly exaggerated and highly obvious fashion, completely oblivious to the bemused stares she's attracting.
--->''Maurice and Keith just walked along behind her. No-one even looked at them.''
** Captain Carrot is doing the same thing at the start of ''Discworld/NightWatch'', though he doesn't mean to. Carrot is just so honest he can't help it, and to make matters worse, he's TheHero and therefore always the center of attention whether he wants to be or not.
--->''Oh, he ducked and crept, and against all logic that made him more noticeable. He didn't understand the art of thinking himself invisible.''
** Another example: Crispin Horsefry in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' sneaks off to a meeting one night, and the Igor who welcomes him offers:
--->'''Igor:''' Allow me to take your highly notitheable black cloak, thur.
* In Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' book ''The Dark Portal'', Arthur, Oswald, and Twit sneak into the sewers to look for Audrey. While Arthur and Oswald are trying to be as quiet as possible and warn Twit to do the same, he instead [[TooDumbToLive shouts Audrey's name as loudly as he can]] in spite of knowing that there are bloodthirsty rats around who would definitely hear them. And they do. They're almost killed before they happen to be rescued by Audrey and Piccadilly.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, there's a scene in ''Eclipse'' where [=RiverClan=] cats attempt to sneak through [=ThunderClan=]'s territory. Unused to thick undergrowth, they make a lot of noise just walking through, and then they have a whispered argument about how noisy they're being.
* In Creator/DavidLubar's ''Literature/HiddenTalents'', Martin, pretending to be asleep, sees Torchie sneak back to bed "with all the grace of a moose on a floor of marbles".
* Discussed, and later averted, in ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', when Miles Vorkosigan is taking his first ship.
-->'''Miles:''' You know, it might be better if we don't yell, going in. It's startling. It's bound to be a lot easier to hit people if they're not jumping around and ducking behind things.\\
'''Mayhew:''' They do it that way on the vids...\\
'''Miles:''' ''[who had originally been planning his own first rush very much along the lines just demonstrated, and for much the same reason]'' I guess it just doesn't look very heroic to sneak up behind somebody and shoot them in the back. I can't help thinking it would be more efficient, though.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Time and the Rani", a monster spends an episode and a half stalking the heroes, then finally gets the drop on them, pops up from behind a rock a foot away, and roars triumphantly for ten seconds.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The "silent countdown" mode for the SelfDestructMechanism in the various series seems to apply here. While the application seems obvious enough (by having a self-destruct that won't alert the enemies as it counts down), this is ruined by the fact that it has a ''ship-wide alert declaring that it's been activated.'' Strangely, in at least one episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the silent countdown of the auto-destruct apparently worked perfectly, including no announcement over the ship's comm system to alert the bad guys--or the rest of the crew. That being said, it's called a [[ExactWords silent countdown]], and not a silent self-destruction sequence.
** In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' the Xindi are constructing a massive super-weapon capable of destroying Earth, all this before Humans even knew they existed. Instead of building the thing and then launching it wiping humanity out before they knew what hit them, they [[SelfFulfillingProphecy send a prototype which informs humanity of their existence and opens them to attack]].
* Rose in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', while invisible, decides to yell out while she's attacking. Invisibility attacks do not work like that.
* Subverted in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' in one sketch where a married couple is in bed and the wife is being courted by a succession of paramours who sneak into the bedroom (including a Mexican rhythm combo, who actually ask the husband where his wife is). Several times the husband wakes up, asking if his wife just heard something, and the wife assures him it was just the plumbing or a tree branch outside, excuses he always happily accepts. He eventually gets up to use the bathroom, somehow missing the roomful of people as he does so. (The "punchline", in typical Python fashion, is deliberately anticlimactic: in a cut to the bathroom, we see the husband is having an illicit tryst of his own, but is worried his wife is starting to suspect something.)
* The ''Series/MythBusters'' narrator invokes it when Jamie tries to move silently through an airduct using magnets. Magnets that were clanging with the air ducts:
-->'''Rob Lee (US Narrator'''): Here's some key phrases from the surreptitious entry heist manual: Be the breeze [CLANG]. As light as a feather [CLANG]. The footfall of a kitten [CLANG].
** Then Adam: "Why, Thor, the god of thunder is trying to enter my building!"
** Invoked by Adam in the Escape From Alcatraz myth:
--> '''Adam''': (while pounding on seam of escape raft with a mallet) ''[bang bang bang]'' "Wait! Was that a guard?" ''[{{beat}}]'' "No!" ''[bang bang bang]''
** Another prison escape myth (Can salsa be used to erode through the bars) had Adam making a very noisy drill from a vacuum he "[[LoopHoleAbuse stole]]."
** In the safe cracking myth, it was mentioned that the safe is stated to take professional safe crackers five minutes to crack. Of course, it is also shown that the professionals don't need to worry about stealth, so it is less "putting your ear to hear the tumblers move" (or even "pry off the lock and push the tumblers into place with wire", which, unlike the stethoscope method, actually ''worked'') and more "smash it with sledge hammers."
* One of the many reasons the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Grey 17 Is Missing" is considered one of the worst episodes of the show is that the "ultimate predator" is about as subtle as a sledgehammer in a bell factory. At least part of it was the director's fault, as Creator/JMichaelStraczynski had called for a NothingIsScarier approach where the monster was always in shadow, but the director chose to show the monster in too much light.
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': After Alexia destroys Clairparker's favourite shirt, Kiki loans Clairparker one of her outfits. After Claireparker wears it in her game, she discovers it very hard to hide from zombies when your outfit literally lights up and glows in the dark.
* ''Series/LetTheBloodRunFree'' had Matron Dorothy [[MeaningfulName Conniving-Bitch]], who snuck around while saying "Sneak sneak sneak sneak sneak". Subverted only by virtue of it being the least OTT thing about the show.
* In the Creator/JimHenson television special ''Film/TheTaleOfTheBunnyPicnic'', the song "Bunny Stew" is sung by the farmer's dog as he is following Bean. Most of the lyrics are about how stealthy the dog is being, and despite him singing them rather loudly, Bean doesn't seem to notice him.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. This causes problems when the Scooby Gang work with special forces soldier Riley Finn. Riley works for the Initiative, a GovernmentAgencyOfFiction that tracks down demons and vampires to capture them alive for experimentation, whereas Buffy and her friends act as TheBait to lure them into attacking so they can be killed. This means Riley has to tell off the Scoobies for munching chips and talking loudly while he's trying to sneak through a graveyard.
* In ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', after Zoe spends several minutes lecturing a newbie about the importance of stealth and silence on the battlefield, Mal [[IncomingHam comes running in, screaming challenges and firing randomly]].
-->'''Zoe:''' 'Course there are other schools of thought.
* In ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' Galavant and Richard go to kill Kingsley, while drunk and singing loudly about their secret mission. It's been established that musical numbers in the show are really happening and are quite noticeable to those around them, so it's no surprise they get caught.
* On ''Series/TheWire'', the 221 Towers is put under surveillance for the first time but Kima doesn't like doing stake out duty with Carver and Herc because they "got no creep".
* ''Series/OddSquad'': Noisemaker wears a variety of instruments all over his body that makes sounds whenever he moves. When the gang of villains are attempting to sneak through Squad headquarters in "Flawed Squad", the others keep turning to stare at him because of the noise. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He thinks its because of his heavy breathing]].

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* From the obscure '90s {{Puppet|Shows}} sitcom ''Series/GregTheBunny'', Tardy the Turtle was told to be quiet during a paintball game so he wouldn't give away their position. He affirms that he understands, then starts singing "I am singing the quiet song, ''the quiet song, '''the quiet song'''."''

* ''Radio/BleakExpectations:'' At one point, series BigBad Mr. Benevolent employs a gang of Cockney thief boys to rob unsuspecting Londoners of their valuables. This is accomplished by sending a drugged-out opium addict to distract a mark with small talk, as the boys surround them, before yelling out "Nick it, nick it, nick it!" and running away with their loot. The one time anyone notices, they shrug it off on the justification that the kids' needs were greater. ''After'' the kids not only took their stuff, but also all their clothes as well.

* In baseball, one of the few trick plays that can be used is the hidden ball trick, where an infielder fakes giving the ball back to the pitcher, in the hopes of catching one of the base runners unaware and tagging him when he leaves the bag. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHQa9hfxuIA Here, A.J. Burnett deftly avoids the tag by casually placing his foot back on the base after Jedd Gyorko came running up to him like he was seeking an autograph.]] Almost as good is how before running, he tries to look nonchalant, like he's taking a leisurely stroll, as opposed to being in the middle of playing a game of baseball. Running towards him was only slightly more obvious.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/ex/20030906b Marshal]] base class from the Miniatures Handbook motivates others with his force of personality. Mechanically, this is done by auras which allow him to apply his Charisma modifier to various checks. You can choose an aura which adds to Dexterity based checks and skill checks, which means that you can make a party sneak better by telling them to be quiet. When combined with a Bard ACF that allows them to play a song granting bonuses to Move Silently, the results are [[http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?327699-Shiver-Me-Timbers-It-s-Black-Jack-Wellesley! hilarious]].
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer on how to take out an enemy scout: "Recite the Litany of Stealth to decrease your chances of being heard". [[SubvertedTrope However]], if one looks in the back of the book, where the litanies, blessings, and prayers are, one will note the absence of a "Litany of Stealth". In other words, to kill an enemy scout without being heard, ''shut the frak up!'' There is, however, the Prayer of Invisibility (which is to be whispered), used when hiding in ambush.
** It's mentioned that Ork camps can easily be sneaked up on by bands of Chaos Marines, since seeing intruders makes all Orks "WAAGGH ATTAK!" rather than "raise alarm." Gunfire doesn't attract much attention either, since random shots are the norm rather than the exception.
** It's well known that Blood Axe Clan Orks know that camouflage is good, but not what makes good camouflage. Therefore they like to slap it on everything and use strong, contrasting colours so you can see it better.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' gives us an Orc army that was briefly famous for their stealthy night raids until the boyz started bellowing the new battlecry: "Youz can't see us!".
* ''TabletopGame/NinjaBurger'' gives players a bonus to attacks if they're willing to shout a sufficiently impressive BattleCry during combat... the instruction manual notes that this is entirely antithetic to Ninjutsu, and even the game itself (where just being seen at all requires the player character to ''cut off a finger in dishonor''), but it's what the Ninja do in movies, so that's what the game runs with.

* ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'':
** The {{Trope Namer|s}} is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Wj2yMuTIU eponymous parodic song]] from Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's play. In it, the title pirates are sneaking up on [[ModernMajorGeneral Major-General Stanley's]] house, while singing '''at the top of their lungs''' (it's marked ''fortississimo'' in the score and has trumpets and crashing cymbals) about how quiet and sneaky they are being, with the occasional "shush! quiet!" for good measure.
--->''With cat-like tread'' ('''KER-THUMP!''')\\
''Upon our prey we steal'' ('''KER-THUMP!''')\\
''In silence dread'' ('''KER-THUMP!''')\\
''Our cautious way we feel'' ('''KER-THUMP!''')\\
''NO SOUND AT ALL'' ('''KER-THUMP!''')\\
''[[BlatantLies We never speak a word]]'' ('''KER-THUMP!''')\\
''A fly's foot-fall would be DISTIIINCTLY heard....'' ('''TRUMPETS''')
** On top of all this, it's even a ''subversion'' -- the sleeping Major-General "thought he heard a noise," goes out to check, [[FailedASpotCheck completely fails to notice the pirates and policemen hiding about the house]], and is about to go back to bed when his ''daughters'' wake up and... well, just go see the show.
** To further reinforce the trope, Gilbert and Sullivan stealthily made use of the famous Anvil Chorus theme for the chorus of the song.
--->'''Policemen and Pirates:''' He thought he heard a noise... '''HA HA!'''
** And the lines quoted above are followed by the policemen ''accompanying them'' ("Tarantara, tarantara") without the pirates realizing the policemen are there. Definitely Oper(ett)a Logic there. And shortly after the end of the song, the Pirates move to hide, singing the line "Yes yes, the Major General comes". It's then repeated by the Policemen. Then it's repeated ''by the Major General himself'', as he leaves his house.
** Modern G&S adaptations like to ratchet up the absurdity even more:
*** In some productions for the chorus, they'll pull out ''hats with brightly glittering sequins'' and start a chorus line. There's a particularly good example [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdJg6Duzzf4 here]]. The fun really starts around the two minute mark.
*** One Broadway production has the Pirate King "accidentally" strike a cymbal in the Orchestra pit with his sword, even before the song starts.
*** In one version a pirate actually ''discusses the plot with a policeman'' during the song, without ever realizing that it is a policeman!
*** In another version, the pirates ''start robbing the General while his back is turned'', carrying a harp, a large statue, a large painting, and a ''suit of armor''. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Then the police chief pretends to be the suit of armor and they cart him off]].
*** The King's Singers, an a capella group, once covered the Trope Namer on a G&S tribute album. They missed the point and sang very quietly. It was terribly disappointing.
* The Aria most likely to be listed as the intended target of G&S's parodic attack is "Écoute, compagnon, écoute" from ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''. A very loud song about how sneaky you have to be to smuggle cigarettes.
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', Jean Valjean sneaks out of the Bishop's house after stealing the silver... and is immediately captured.
-->''Took the silver, took my [[IncrediblyLongNote flight!]]''
* In the Broadway musical ''Falsettos'', a sweet moment in the hospital between Whizzer and Marvin is interrupted by their friends, whose dialogue of increasing decibels is as followed:
-->'''Dr Charlotte:''' Sh... Maybe he's tired.\\
'''Cordelia:''' Sh... Maybe he's waiting for us.\\
'''Charlotte:''' Sh... Maybe he's waiting for a visit
:: By this point, Marvin and Whizzer have heard them, and welcome the two in to complete the romantic quarter.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'':
** The Templar Stalkers come with a ScareChord and yell "Die Assassin!" before they try to kill you. They're really easy to counter, and that usually involves jamming their own daggers into their own mouths.
** Thugs and Harlequins in Brotherhood will run up to you, then start a short cut scene to announce their presence.
* Los Illuminados in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' would often laugh or say "I got you!" in GratuitousSpanish when trying to sneak up behind you. Some of them actually shout [[LampshadeHanging "Behind you, you idiot!"]] in Spanish. Then again, maybe they were just too crazy to understand the benefits of a stealthy approach.
* Somehow, ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'''s Link can always stay unnoticed as long as he's out of sight no matter how loudly he grunts and screams.
* Happens occasionally in online multiplayer games where the characters speak. Sneaking up on people in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' gets hard when one of your teammates (here's looking at you [[UncleTomFoolery Cole]]) suddenly yells "Oh YEAH baby!" A similar effect happened in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront 2'', where Jedi/Sith characters would randomly say phrases, which, in Jedi to Jedi matches, could really screw up a surprise attack.
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' multiplayer mode, enemies can ''hear your real-world teamspeak'' if you don't keep it down.
* Performed masterfully in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', where four ''invisible'' mooks that are on the elevator with Snake, literally close enough to reach out and touch him from the moment he steps on, must sit and wait for our hero to riddle out what's going on in an absurd fashion over the radio despite the fact that ''all four of them have machine guns.'' Conforming to the mook code even further, one of the mooks ''announces their presence'' after the hero has ''already figured out what's going on'' with a hearty, "Too late, Snake. Now you die!" Of course no, no he doesn't. Even stranger in that they can't hear what he is saying over the radio, since codec communications directly stimulate the receivers they are tuned into. He's talking but they can't hear it.
* ''Videogame/Fallout3'' companions can complicate the stealth approach by hollering to the enemy, "Come on out and let's fight face to face!"
** The Prototype Medic Armor is a lovely set of PoweredArmor that protects you from radiation and gives you morphine when you need it... and if it notices an enemy anywhere in the vicinity, roars out, "TIME TO KICK SOME ASS!" at the top of its lungs. [[AvertedTrope Thankfully, the Stealth Unit Med X is completly quiet]]
** You can also sneak around [[FailedASpotCheck (with enemies perfectly oblivious, with a perfect Sneak score and the right items)]] with your Pip-Boy radio blaring music, news, propaganda, or the nearest distress signal. [[SelectiveObliviousness But God help you if your Pip-Boy's light is on]]. Except in ''New Vegas'', where with Lonesome Road[[note]]though you need another add-on besides that, otherwise it's beyond your available level cap[[/note]] you can take the "Broad Daylight" perk that actually gives you bonus points to your Sneak skill when the light is on, to offset the penalty to sneaking you otherwise get from attempting that.
** ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' continues this; whenever you crouch (start "sneaking"), your companions will say something to mark the occurrence. Depending on the companion and which of their lines happens to play, this can range from a whispered word of agreement, to a full sentence at normal volume, to [[NoIndoorVoice shouting]]. None of it affects your stealthiness. The funny thing is that Lily, a Super Mutant who shouts out how she knows how to keep quiet is actually the stealthiest of the companions since she'll activate a Stealth Boy upon sneaking.
** Also played straight in both games with certain melee weapons. In 3, all melee weapons are considered quiet, so nobody notices anything when you use a rotary saw to dismember a person right next to them. New Vegas is worse, as it adds [[ChainsawGood actual chainsaws]], punch-triggered shotguns, and glowing energy axes to what guards fail to notice.
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', it's not always easy to see splicers slinking around the darkened corridors. They make life considerably simpler by constantly mumbling gibberish to themselves. This includes spider splicers, whose stealth is supposed to be their strong point. This is, however, probably justified by them all being quite insane.
** Which makes the Plastered Splicers (stronger Spider Splicers looking like statues) in Fort Frolic the possibly scariest enemies in the game. Not only can they disguise themselves as statues (or just spawn right behind you), they are the only enemies attacking in absolute silence.
* In the first two ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'' games, when ordering the placement of your squads in an ambush, the player character would bellow loudly, even if the enemy was quite close and not alerted of your presence. The third game, Hell's Highway, averts this tendency by introducing a situational mechanic that makes the player character whisper to his squadmates if the enemy is unaware.
* When pirates raid a town in ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa: Minstrel Song'', their {{Leitmotif}} is blaring the ''entire time''. '''Loudly'''. Good luck taking out ThatOneBoss with pirates chanting '''[[EarWorm ORE TACHI]] [[MostAnnoyingSound KAIZOKU]]''' at the top of their lungs in the background...
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', Flonne sneaks into Laharl's castle while she loudly provides the sound effects ("Nin nin nin!") for her own sneaking. Strangely enough, it works for the most part.
** Mostly because the Prinny guards were out partying.
** Turns out this trait runs in the bureau from time to time. In VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten, Vulcanus does this at some point in the exact same manner.
* Brought up by [[LargeHam Minsc]] in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' when using stealth:
-->''None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away.''
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas,'' Carl and Ryder are ready to break into a war veteran's house and steal as much as possible; Carl suggests sneaking in rather than taking the place by storm. Ryder agrees that it's a smart idea, but then follows this up by howling "COME OUT YOU OLD BASTARD!" at the house.
* [[HumongousMecha The Thor]] in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' brings up this trope in one of its StopPokingMe quotes.
** The Flying Machine in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' has a similar quote:
--> "They'll never hear me coming!" *aircraft engine splutters*
** Don't forget the Pit Lord from the expansion pack:
--> "I think a certain... ''finesse'' is called for here. GRRRAAAAAGGGGHHH!!!!!" *sounds of violent killing and screaming*
* Can happen via GameplayAndStorySegregation in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', given the existence of a stealth mode and Commander Shepard's habit of loudly exclaiming whenever he/she finds some variety of weapon or loot. The volume of these exclamations seems to be unintentional, though, as they are considerably louder than most other examples of in-game dialogue.
* In the final portion of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'''', you're sneaking through the evil wizard's castle and one of the things you can interact with is a gigantic pipe organ, which will of course end up alerting the wizard to your presence and get you force choked to death.
** Mocked by WebVideo/PawDugan in his LetsPlay:
--->''"It's probably because I played that stupid organ and gave away my position; it's like, 'LAAAA, I'M BEING STEALTHY!!'"''
** Of course, being properly stealthy [[LuckBasedMission doesn't necessarily stop him from finding you, anyway.]]
* In the climax of ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', Emperor Palpatine is trying to tempt Starkiller to turn to the Dark Side when Rahm Kota breaks his bonds, screams [[BigNo "No!"]], steals Palpatine's lightsaber with the Force, and lunges at the Emperor. Palpatine looks up, momentary bewildered, before blasting Kota mid-lunge with Force Lightning, indicating that his attack could have worked if he hadn't yelled. On the plus side this does [[WeNeedADistraction distract]] [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Palpatine]] long enough for Starkiller to break his bonds, so it wasn't completely pointless.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'':
** Teemo has the ability to stealth when standing still. This is very helpful if the enemy doesn't ''see'' you turn invisible in a blatantly obvious manner. In which case he will stand right next to you, call in his team and you will be subjected to a large number of area effect spells and die.
*** There's also a video of a Teemo who stealthed in a bush, waiting to ambush an enemy at the start of the game, and made the mistake of using his taunt emote as the enemy walked by. While this didn't break stealth, the enemy did ''hear it'', letting him know Teemo was in the area and allowing him to guess exactly where he was.
** [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Aurelion Sol]] becomes invisible in bushes like any other champion- but his passive (three stars orbiting his location) remains visible, clearly marking his location.
* ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' brings us this gem:
-->'''Espio:''' Hey, they're asleep so stay quiet and move slowly...\\
'''Charmy:''' [[NoIndoorVoice OK!!]]\\
'''Vector:''' [[HypocriticalHumor Whaddya doing! Be quiet!]]
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', inexperienced spies frequently end up dying because they use mic chat while disguised, putting a speech balloon above their character that's their real team's color and ruining the disguise. The decloaking noise for the default Invis Watch is also pretty loud, and a replacement "Pocket Watch" which allows you to fake your death is even louder. In a subversion, when disguised any keyboard voice command will be in the correct voice for that disguise. This includes announcing that you've found a spy. Fun thing to watch as long as there's no pyro's nearby.
** This can also happen to an extent with other classes if a player micspams or over uses keyboard commands while trying to sneak up on other players. More than one Scout has met their end because their player couldn't resists spamming the "Medic!" button and tipped off a nearby enemy to their presence.
*** This only matters in Alltalk servers (all players can hear each other's mics, regardless of whose team they are on), which nobody would take seriously enough to matter anyway.
** Heck, a good spy can disguise as a scout, waltz up to a engineer and spam [[MostAnnoyingSound NEED A DISPENSAH HEAH]]. And, thanks to the fact that actual scout players ''[[PoesLaw really do that]]'', it's one of the better ways to make it seem you're not a spy. Yes, that means proper stealth around engineers can involve [[RefugeInAudacity running up to them and screaming in their face]].
*** It works even ''better'' by disguising as the ''biggest'' possible disguise and shouting [[{{Mondegreen}} POOTISPENSERHERE over and over]] since your speed won't give you away.
*** Spamming the "negative" reaction disguised as the engineer is surprisingly convincing, since distressed engies yelling "Dammit fellas! Dammit dagnabit!" is actually pretty common.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s ''Tribunal'' expansion kicks off when you are attacked in your sleep by a [[MurderInc Dark]] [[PsychoForHire Brotherhood]] assassin. Despite being renowned throughout Tamriel for their skill as assassins, this one evidently isn't very good... First, you awaken to "a loud noise," then the assassin ''yells at you'' as he attacks.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** It is ''far'' too easy to do this ''yourself'' by means of forgetting to change your active [[MakeMeWannaShout Shout]] for something more discreet. You wanted to use [[EnemyDetectingRadar Aura Whisper]]? Too bad - you left [[BlownAcrossTheRoom Unrelenting Force]] as your active Shout, making every guard/[[DemonicSpiders Draugr]] in earshot home in on you.
*** During the quest "Repentance", you're infiltrating a hag coven with Ilia, the daughter of their leader, who wants to put an end to them. Since she was sent to procure a human sacrifice (for the ritual to transform her mother into a hagraven), she suggests that you pretend to be the sacrifice and act as a distraction, and then Ilia will strike her down from behind. This goes all according to plan up until she's about to strike, at which point she ''announces her plan'' and apologizes to her mother for having to kill her. Predictably, this completely spoils the opportunity and turns mommy hostile. (And since you're at that point seated on a chair and have to spend a few seconds going through the "dismount chair" animation, you end up taking a few spells to the face before you can act properly.) Better option? Allow Ilia to present you as a sacrifice, and when mommy expects you to sit down so she can get to work, you strike her down. ''That's'' how surprise works.
*** A possible enemy encounter in the game is a Dark Brotherhood assassin out for the Dragonborn's blood. They usually are really no sneakier than any good old bandit. Apparently, this guns blazing approach is surprisingly common in the Brotherhood - some of the members are Destruction mages, despite the fact that their spells tend to involve loud and flashy fireballs and lightning bolts.
*** Speaking of the Dark Brotherhood, should the Dragonborn choose to join them, you can also invoke this trope on ''your'' targets. All minor assassinations that don't require a specific method allow you to speak to the target and tell them you're there to kill them. Shockingly, [[ViolationOfCommonSense this is actually one of the best "assassination" methods]], as the target will attack you, despite most likely not standing a shadow of a chance against you, and then you can kill them in "self-defense" without incurring a bounty.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken,'' Raven is halfway through outlining his plan to distract and sneak up on Vega and Balrog when his partner Yoshimitsu leaps at them yelling at the top of his voice. It's honourable, apparently.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' can allow the player to pull this. When outside the Shinra building, Tifa and Barret suggest different plans for how to get to the upper floors to save Aerith. Tifa wants to sneak in the back and take the stairs, avoiding fights with Shinra soldiers, while Barret just wants to burst in the front door, guns blazing. The player can then make Cloud agree with Tifa in the DialogueTree, only to instead follow [[LeeroyJenkins Barret's plan.]]
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', you can sneak around while carrying a running chainsaw. Just don't punch the air with your bare fist, ''that'' makes enough noise to alert monsters. Monsters that haven't been alerted to you don't care if they see other monsters growling at and attacking you, either - with a mod that adds proper sound-detection for weapons (e.g. VideoGame/BrutalDoom making the fists actually silent), this can lead to a zombie totally ignoring a nearby imp suddenly exploding into bloody chunks right in front of him.
* The VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Zorua and Zoroark can disguise themselves as a teammate with their Illusion ability. A human player will realize what's up if it uses its own SecretArt or an attack the Pokemon it's imitating doesn't know.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' marine commanders occasionally yell at their men to quiet down with their usual [[NoIndoorVoice loud radio-distorted voices]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', Riki is prone to screaming "Riki sneaky!" when activating his "Sneaky" skill, a special attack that deals more damage when hitting enemies from behind. This doesn't actually affect enemies' perception of him, though.
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' most enemies won't notice you unless you enter their line of sight, regardless of how much noise you're making. This leads to such situations as "infiltrating" an enemy camp while piloting a 30 foot tall mech. In some cases it's even possible to start a battle and wipe out a group of enemies without the sentries noticing you because they happen to be facing the other direction.
* ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'' has DLC achievements that are all about intentionally doing this. The OVERKILL Pack has one for completing the stealth-only Shadow Raid heist while using the [[GatlingGood Vulcan Minigun]] and [[CoolGuns/RocketsMissilesAndGrenadeLaunchers HRL-7 rocket launcher]], which is [[LampshadeHanging appropriately named]] "IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing". The Butcher's AK/CAR Mod Pack has another one for completing Art Gallery in stealth within four minutes while wearing the heaviest armor in the game, in which cameras will spot you near-instantly and guards will hear you from rather far away.
** The [[Film/Scarface1983 Scarface Character Pack]] DLC includes a new melee weapon: a chainsaw. It has the absolute WORST concealment stat in the game, even outweighing all other concealment bonuses that apply to a player. Plus, if it's charged, it constantly makes a revving noise... and yet, if you stalk a guard with it active, [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy they won't even bat an eyelid.]]
* Certain stages in ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' (such as Magna Centipede) have a section where you have to sneak through, avoiding the searchlights or sensors that move around the stage. Oddly, ''only'' touching the lights will set off the enemies, not the loud [=vreeeeEEEEE-PSHOOOOWWW!!=] of firing a ChargedAttack.
* A major design element of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' is that every hero (except Zenyatta, who floats) can be heard through walls; it can be very easy to hear Reaper (who wears big heavy boots) or Winston (a giant gorilla) attempting to sneak around you.
** This became a bit obnoxious to some players when [[TheCracker Som]][[HollywoodHacking bra]] was added to the game, a character whose primary mechanic is ''[[StealthExpert stealth]]''. Though it's not because of her footfalls, but because decloaking causes her to ''announce her presence'' to anyone within earshot. Alleviated somewhat when she got a buff that reduced the audible range of said proclamation, but the statement itself remains.
---> "[[SoMuchForStealth Been here all along]]."
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'', any unit that can infiltrate will loudly announce a certain line when they do so. This wouldn't be bad except ''every player hears it, including your opponents''. Probably the worst offenders in this regard are the Space Marine Scouts:
** Incidental dialogue by your units can also be heard by opponents from an impressive distance away, and large Commander units or vehicles crashing through objects and terrain make a loud racket. Both of these things can spoil an ambush, or warn a sharp opponent that you've got something coming their way through the FogOfWar.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** When Caboose goes to sneak by the Red Base, he makes a fairly good job of it except for the fact that he loudly whispers "I am sneaking, I am sneaking..." as he moves a matter of metres away from the Red team-members. And then he moves his piece of cover with him, right along Grif's line of sight. Amazingly, Grif is the only one who seems to notice anything.
** Also happens when Tex, Tucker, and Church are assaulting a compound. Tex rather unstealthily dispatches several guards who continuously scream and fire their weapons, and none of the other guards seem to notice. Until Tucker talks.
* Dr. Schnoz's "blimp thing" in ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'' is bright red and giant, yet still tries to convince the people seeing it "you never saw us".
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Ultramarines' idea of "stealth" is to take a giant, loud, rumbling tank right behind their backs, put down entire wall, throw the tank into somebody's bedroom and retreat while screaming about their own glory a bit quieter than usual. [[FailedASpotCheck Salamanders fail to notice]].
* The human counterparts of Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie have essentially the same experience as the namesake ponies (see below) in the "[[WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGamesShorts Pinkie Spy]]" short.
** Pinkie Pie's attempts at stealth are more conspicuous than anything else, with party balloons and a giant boom mic being just the tip of the iceberg. Her ridiculous outfits include a wig looking like a bush, a tree disguise, a bunny suit... and the "camouflage" one, looking like army fatigues but entirely in shades of pink.
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' That's, like, the opposite of camouflage!
** Not that Rainbow Dash is much better. Beside her abuse of the UnnecessaryCombatRoll, when upset at Pinkie she starts yelling that they need to stay quiet. Of course, her shouting eventually gets them noticed.
* Given that he has NoIndoorVoice (or as Strong Bad puts it, "zero volume control"), any time Strong Mad of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' needs to be quiet leads to this.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' ''[whispering]'' Hey, biggest bro. Mom says to keep it down 'cause baby Strong Sad's sleeping.\\

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** You can [[CallingYourAttacks shout "Sneak Attack"]] as you do a sneak attack because their universe is [[RPGMechanicsVerse ruled by role-playing-game physics]] and TalkingIsAFreeAction. Key word here is ''can''. Nale proves it [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0360.html here]] (and [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on it]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0361.html in the next strip]]).
** Haley has to remind Elan that singing [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0217.html "Move, move, move, move silently across the battlefield!"]] won't work (possibly as a ShoutOut to the aforementioned Bard song that grants bonuses to Move Silently in ''Dungeons & Dragons'').
** When Elan makes a low roll on his Move Silently check, he decides to let the rest of the party know by shouting [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0090.html "I GOT A 4!"]]. He does it again in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0766.html #766]], except this time he GOT A NINE! (he's wearing magic boots that give him a +5 bonus to Move Silently checks).
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' brings us the [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20070105.html Beam Sword Hurl Attack]].
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-02-13 this]] ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' strip. Not to mention Spark's "Death from above!" This gets repeatedly played with.
* [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/12/17/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' Lampshaded [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/06/12/episode-294-never-go-camping/ here]] and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/06/14/episode-295-why-would-he-write-that/ here]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}''; a character makes a suicide attack against a totalitarian dictator while yelling "sic semper tyrannis", which gives her enough warning to raise her shields and survive.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
** The security AI at Ecosystems Unlimited has NoIndoorVoice and is in desperate need of a software upgrade. "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01634.htm Security guard: RECOGNIZED! Room 101 door: OPENED! Element of surprise: RETAINED!]]"
** Also apparently Sam's race are such heavy sleepers that singing during a burglary is traditional on his home planet.
* [[http://girlamatic.com/skindeep/2008/11/06/the-one-eyed-bear-13/ Turns up]] in ''Webcomic/SkinDeep''. See second quote at the top of this page.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Gilgamesh Wulfenbach [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090513 manages to blow his surprise attack]] on a guy with a machine gun assault robot by shouting at him. Turns out that the guy also has a pistol.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' subverts this by making the angry sneak attack a distraction.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' had [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/captainfalconsolid/ a strip]] where Captain Falcon replaced Solid Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. [[CallingYourAttacks It goes about as well as you'd expect.]]
--> "''FALCON SNEAK! FALCON SNEAK! [[KilledMidSentence FAL-]]''"
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructionsBeforeLeavingEarth:'' Angel troops are horrible about this, [[LampshadeHanging even the authors complain]]. They could have [[CombatPragmatist successfully]] [[InTheBack backstabbed]] any number of bad guys, including [[TheDragon Rex]] at one point, if they'd just kept their mouths shut.
* Actually ''encouraged'' by the rules of combat in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', where one's honor dictates that a one-on-one battle should be opened with a formal challenge shouted at their opponent. Even so, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5967 Syphile's use of this]] and Quain'tana's [[OhNoNotAgain expression]] firmly put her into TooDumbToLive territory, since Syphile had a clear shot and might well have succeeded had she not done this.
* In this ''[[http://tabletitans.com/binwins-minions/binwins-minions-page-7 Binwin's Minions]]'' strip, the party's thief demonstrates why CallingYourAttacks doesn't work for stealth missions.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lampshaded in ''WebVideo/DemyxTime'', with Demyx proposing that the entire Organization sneaks up on Sora and ambushes him, screaming "ATTACK!". He's laughed at, until Marluxia proposes that they all take it in turns to monologue in front of him before attacking. Xemnas commends this approach. Demyx tries to get some credibility back by suggesting that they all sidle up, before suddenly screaming "We are NOT going to attack you!" Needless to say, not a lot of progress is made.
* ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'': "Even if the rules allow it, it's not possible to sneak [[ChainsawGood with a running chainsaw]]."
* Creator/FreddieWong of course parodies this in ''VideoGame/{{SplinterCell}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPMx86wXaKY Light Bulb Assassin]]''.
* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'':
** Lupa asks Todd to very discreetly keep an eye on Linkara and Nostalgia Chick to see if they're up to anything, and he confidently assures her that he's a ninja. And cut to:
--->'''Todd:''' Hey! Linkara! Nostalgia Chick! Are you guys doing anything evil and/or suspicious in there?
** By the same token, Mechakara's assimilation of the crew goes unnoticed by almost everyone despite openly talking about how he wants them to fail and making two members of the crew look like [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Seven of Nine]] and Franchise/RoboCop, so the latter can't even move without constant robot noises.
* During [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} Vinny's]] streams of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]'', one of the tracks on his helicopter just has the sounds of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4jH0WeV67I Loud Nigra]], leading to the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious sight]] of a screaming helicopter trying to be stealthy.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Variation: the Kwik-E-Mart's silent alarm says "SILENT ALARM ACTIVATED!!" when put into use.
** In "Curse of the Flying Hellfish", Fernando Vidal, in his third attempt to kill Grandpa Simpson, attempts a stealth assassination attempt, but eventually comes in guns-a-blazing. Grandpa lives, since the nurse was packing.
** Chief Wiggum explains to Kent Brockman how he is going to end a hostage situation.
--->'''Wiggum:''' Well, we have an officer sneaking around the house, Kent, so unless they have a television in there or can hear my loud talking...\\
''[Eddie runs out from behind the house, holding his arm after a gun shot]''\\
'''Eddie:''' Ow, ow, ow, ow!\\
'''Wiggum:''' Well, I guess that answers that, doesn't it?
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode where Mr. Krabs loses his millionth dollar during a fishing trip.
-->'''Squidward:''' If we're really quiet, we can sneak over to the lifeboat.\\
''[cue [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward raising one foot as if to stay quiet, then screaming and flailing their arms as they run towards the lifeboat]''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Sokka has a problem with this. In the second episode, he charges dramatically at Zuko, club raised and screaming at the top of his lungs... and gets kicked into a pile of snow. Later, during training, he did the same thing to Aang, with the same result. He keeps trying, though. Points for tenacity, we guess.
--->'''Aang:''' Sokka, sneak attacks don't work if you yell it out loud.
** [[{{Jerkass}} Hahn]] also seems to suffer from this, as demonstrated by his attempt to assassinate Zhao. He is disguised as a soldier and could have easily snuck up behind him, but instead opts to dramatically throw his helmet off, declare his intentions to "Admiral Choy", and charge at him. No points for guessing what happens next.
* The bad guys in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' frequently ambush the {{Magical Girl}}s -- and every time, they lose surprise by pausing to cackle, show their claws, shout "It's Guardians! Get them!", etc. In a rare breach of MookChivalry, their archers do attack all at once; fortunately for the heroines, the archers all studied at the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
* There was an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' where Rikochet won a mariachi band for some reason, and they [[{{Leitmotif}} followed him everywhere, playing and singing]]. At one point he was late to school and had to sneak past an office - in an [[DoubleSubversion almost-subversion]] of the trope, he shushed them and got past. Immediately after that they burst into celebratory music, and he got caught.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had Bender shout, "prepare for a surprise attack!"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** At least once, Peter sings a typical movie sneaking song as he sneaks into an office. There's no one around to hear, but still.
** When Carter loses his fortune in "Peterotica", he and Peter try to figure out how to make money. Peter suggests he steals cash from Lois' purse while he distracts her on a unicycle. As Carter reaches for it, he tells Peter "Ca-Caw. I've got her wallet. Ca-caw". When Lois turns around, he tells her to look at the unicycle.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' did a ShoutOut to the Trope Namer while using the trope in "The Isle of Dr. Mystico."
* A vintage Creator/ChuckJones ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' plays with this trope, as the [[RunningGag Coward, Bully, Cad and Thief]] [[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]] sees the Dover Boys hiding under his pool table, and begins shouting his dastardly plans at the top of his lungs.
-->'''Dan Backslide:''' The Dover Boys! Then Dora ''[[SuddenlyShouting must be alone and UNPROTECTED]]!''
-->'''Dan Backslide:''' ''[whispers]'' A runabout! ''[screams]'' I'LL ''STEAL'' IT! ''NO-ONE WILL '''EVER''' KNOW!''
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. In the earliest Elmer Fudd cartoon, though, he ''is'' actually making an effort to speak quietly.
-->'''Elmer Fudd:''' Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits! Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-uh!
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had him teaming up with Harley Quinn against the Joker. As they were sneaking into his hideout, Harley is behind Batman saying "Sneak - Sneak - Sneak". She stops when Batman turns around and glares at her.
* Similar to ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' example above, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' features Bluster Kong singing about how's going to steal the Crystal Coconut and use it to win Candy Kong's heart... while actually sneaking into Cranky's Cabin, where it's kept. He even ''shushes'' Cranky for making a noise while the old ape's dozing!
-->'''Bluster Kong:''' ''Here I go creeping/Shh, don't make a sound''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'': "Mung will never hear us sneaking about over the noise of all these smashing plates!"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode "Over a Barrel", Pinkie Pie utterly ruins Rainbow Dash's attempt at stealth by getting her so irritated that she yells at Pinkie to stay quiet. This, of course, gets them found out. Attempting stealth at all when sky blue or ''bright pink'' and hooved may count.
** Then there's Pinkie Pie's attempt at stealth in "Party of One", which involves disguising herself as a hay bale. With Groucho Marx glasses. It takes Rainbow Dash all of half a second to see through it.
** The season 6 finale "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 To Where and Back Again Part 2]]" has Starlight, Trixie, Thorax and Discord sneak into the Changeling hive to save their friends. While they're sneaking around trying not to get caught, Discord shouts at the top of his lungs "I HAVE A FLUTTERSHY TO SAVE!" This echoes through the hive and the Changelings instantly close in on the group.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' while Jack Spicer sneaks though the Xiaolin Temple.
-->'''Jack Spicer:''' When hunting the elusive Wu, you have to be as quiet as a cat. ''[trips over a potted plant]'' '''OW! OW! OW! OOH THAT HURT!'''
* "O-U (The Hound Song)" from ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' is an animated segment where a hound (voiced by Music/TomLehrer) sings loudly about how he dare not make a sound.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBigKnights'': The Big Knights are not exactly stealthy. This is especially apparent when they don the hats of invisibility.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' gives us the Megadoomer, a giant, heavily-armed assault vehicle equipped with its own cloaking device. Unfortunately, the stealth mode is offset by three factors; 1) It doesn't have a battery, so you need to plug it into something using a highly visible cord. 2) Each step it takes causes the Earth to shake. 3) the designers were obviously fans of Franchise/WonderWoman...
-->'''Zim:''' Now, fight an enemy you cannot see!\\
'''Dib:''' You're right there.\\
'''Zim:''' What?\\
'''Dib:''' There! Your mighty Irken cloaking device cloaks the robot, but not you.\\
'''Zim:''' ''LIES!'' Now, behold the ''Doom Cannon!''\\
'''Dib:''' I can't. It's invisible.\\
'''Zim:''' But you can see me?\\
'''Dib:''' That's what I said.\\
'''Zim:''' ''Oh, that's STUPID!''
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'': When told to follow Mantis back to his village in "Hometown Hero", Po does so enthusiastically. And loudly. Narrating every step of the way.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketches:
** [[Franchise/GIJoe Dr. Mindbender]] ask some new recruits how they would assassinate a Joe in the field. After some practical plans, the last recruit says that he would use a cobra to kill the Joe and loudly scream '''COBRA!'''. Mindbender agrees with this plan.
** In ''[[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hogan's]] [[Series/HogansHeroes Heroes]]", Hogan tells Wrestling/RoddyPiper he needs his stealth to take the guard out quietly. Roddy starts by loudly addressing the officer, "Hey hey hey, ya fuckin' Nazi!" He is anything but quiet as Hogan {{Face Palm}}s.
** Two of the Mandarin's mooks are on guard duty. They comment how easy it is to detect Iron Man trying to infiltrate the base now that they removed all the carpets. They start hearing loud clanging foot falls. One asks the other if they should sound the alarm, he replies that he still sounds quite far off so there's no rush.
* In ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode 'The Great Gold Coin Rush', Mario leads the group into a town currently under King Koopa's control. As he's saying how they don't want to make any noise, he trips over a bucket with a loud crash. It turns out that the town is empty, as Koopa is forcing everybody to work in his mines.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Lich", Finn and Jake try to sneak up on Princess Bubblegum so they can take the gem from her crown. They end up ''crashing through the roof of her bedroom''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'', a burglar is robbing a mall and breaks several glass windows which make loud noises, and the mall cop in the mall doesn't hear any of it and is sleeping on the job.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E38DarkwingDoubloon Darkwing Doubloon]]", Darkwing's swashbuckling ancestor is leading his crew aboard the ship of his nemesis Negaduck to rescue his captured daughter Gosalyn, and emphasises the need for stealth. Unfortunately, as his crewmates include Gizmoduck, whose Gizmosuit has a very loud engine, and Stegmutt, who boards while shouting "Smash! Smash! Sit on 'em!" before accidentally falling onto Darkwing and Gizmoduck and squashing them flat, Negaduck's crew have no trouble hearing them.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': When Mabel, Grenda and Candy suggest to rescue a cloned boy band from an oppressive producer...
-->'''Grenda:''' '''''WE'RE MASTERS OF STEALTH!''''' ''[shouted loud enough to echo throughout the whole building]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has an episode where Cosmo holds "Cosmo-Con" at Timmy's bathroom. ''Invitations'' are sent out for this secret event.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Silk Road, an anonymous drug dealing ring, was [[http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/silk-road-mastermind-unmasked-by-rookie-goofs-complaint-alleges/ undone]] by a string of laughable slip-ups that defeated the whole purpose of using Tor for the server. Highlights include the head honcho using the same screen name on a web about shrooms and on a job offers website, asking at Stack Overflow for details on how to connect to Tor, and registering for all of the above with an email ''made of his full name and linked to his college profile''. Also discussing his illegal drug-selling website on his Linkedin page which also was created using his real personal information.
* Every so many months there's a story of some thief who successfully breaks into someone's house... only to be caught when they use the homeowner's laptop to access their Facebook or Twitter. Similarly, a stolen mobile phone automatically uploading the thief's selfies to the rightful owner's cloud drive.
* Periodically, plans are made to assassinate someone by using [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill multiple missiles to blow up their house.]]
-->[[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} "THEY'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT HIT 'EM!"]]
* Speaking of cats, they will freeze, lower their stance as close to the ground as possible, and move extremely slowly if they think they are in danger. Unfortunately, when they do this around human furniture rather than natural environments, the result looks a bit silly.
* A burglar in Russia who broke into an apartment while its owners were on holiday was arrested after getting drunk and playing the piano loud enough to wake the neighbours.